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John Austen

 (1886 - 1948)
John Austen was active/lived in England.  John Austen is known for book illustrator-art nouveau style.

Biography   John Austen

John Austen was born in Kent, England in 1886. That's the same year as Kay Nielsen, and both share a fascination with a style of art made most popular by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898).  As Impressionism and Art Nouveau were confronting and confusing the public, the "decadent" style of Beardsley was finding its own audience.  Harry Clarke, Nielsen, Alastair, and others were enamored with the strength of line and form and startling, solid blacks.

It wasn't until 1906 when Austen came to London, as a carpenter, that he was first exposed to Beardsley's work.  The effect it had on him was said to be overwhelming, and he began to study art - and Beardsley in particular.  It wasn't until 1921 that he had his   ...  Displaying 750 of 4568 characters.

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